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This file photo taken on September 8, 2000 at the United Nations in New York shows Gambian President Yahya Jammeh addressing the United Nations Millennium Summit. (Photo by AFP)
This file photo taken on September 8, 2000 at the United Nations in New York shows Gambian President Yahya Jammeh addressing the United Nations Millennium Summit. (Photo by AFP)
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Gambia’s former strongman president Yahya Jammeh redefined brinksmanship when he took his country to the edge of conflict by refusing to step down after losing the general election. 

It was only the threat of regional mediators ousting Jammeh via force that prompted his departure to Equatorial Guinea. As aides to new president Adama Barrow accuse Jammeh of raiding the country’s treasury on his way out, Barrow is yet to assume the full mantle of office – afraid of reprisals from pro-Jammeh forces. How can Gambia and her people move forward without bloodshed?

Mai Fatty, aide to new president Barrow, has publicly requested the West African military force remain in The Gambia for the time being, asking for an extension of their mandate to quell security concerns. With the loyalty of the security forces not yet secured, Barrow's team may feel they have every right to worry. Tens of thousands of Gambians are still outside the country awaiting assurances of safe passage after the initial threat of violence. So what now for The Gambia?